PWO – Season 4 – Episode 4

PWO had some issues with snow. Not really surprising in Northeast Ohio.

Vic Travgliante opened the show with Matthew Justice at his side. Vic mentioned that Justice lost to Brian Bender the last time he was on PWO TV. Justice said it was time for everyone to see the one man of militia. He finished by saying he was young, metal and ready to attack.

Analysis: You should have stopped at the one man militia, Mr. Justice. He needs to act more pissed off with these interviews in the future as it’ll help get over his change in attitude. Justice didn’t sell it as much as needed. Score: -1.

The introduction piece then ran. Joe Dombrowski and Aaron Maguire introduced the show. Pedro De  Lucca introduced Bobby Beverly but no one from Sex Appeal accompanied him. Matthew Justice was his opponent. Dombrowski noted that Beverly asked Nicky Valentino & Bobby Shields to stay in the back. The announcers hyped their event in Akron. Dombrowski mentioned that severe weather in the northeast Ohio area limited travel so the PWO roster was shaken up. (Yep, my source mentioned that. Glad they addressed it pretty much right away.) Justice took control early. He gave Beverly a cross body while Beverly was on the floor. Beverly superkicked Justice and only got a two count. Beverly drop kicked Justice in the stomach. Beverly assaulted Justice on the outside. A low clothesline by Beverly stunned Justice. Justice blocked another super kick attempt and then turned the tables on Beverly. Beverly locked on a koji clutch but Justice reached the ropes. Bobby Shields & Nicky Valentino came to ringside. Shields grabbed Justice’s leg which lead to him being super kicked by Beverly which gained him the pin fall. As Sex Appeal set up for the menage e trois, a triple thrust kick, but they bickered. Beverly bailed to ringside. Shields & Valentino set up to kick Justice who ducked and clotheslined them. Justice then tossed them out of the ring.

Analysis: They set up the break up or at least pairing down of Sex Appeal. I’m not sure if they need to do that. Well, I guess I’d break them up over pairing them down because Beverly could be top dog (He kind of is already anyway) and keep Valentino & Shields as a tag team. I’m not sure they’ll do well enough as singles guys. Beverly can pull it off.

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PWO – Season 4 – Episode 2

I say we celebrate twins for episode 2.

They started off with a new highlight reel and also a nice big fat stamp that says they’re approved by the Ohio Athletic Commission. To open the show, Joe Dombrowski asked Aaron Maguire why he was sporting a mustache. Maguire responded by saying you need to be fair to Mare (as in Marion Fontaine). Jack Verville debuted against Jason Bane. Dombrowski noted that Eric Ryan will debut as Cursed tonight. Poor Verville is getting squashed. Verville begged the referee to stop the match. Bane gave Verville a fall away fan. Maguire said that his “Aar head” fans wanted him back as a commentator and not as an agent so he was retiring that part of his life. Bane rammed Verville into 2 corners in a power slam position then gave him and F5. Bane said that was a reminder as to why he’s the most dominant man in PWO. Bane said he’s done with Maguire and he’s focused on the PWO Heavyweight Title. Bane admitted that Gargano was a good guy but he’s in the wrong place at the wrong time. Bane challenged Fontaine to a match to see if he truly deserved a title shot. Fontaine did not come out.

Analysis: Exactly what should have happened during and after the match. Let’s see if PWO throws him off his title hunt again. Score: +1.

Dombrowski threw us to the tape that Krimson gave them. Krimson asked Eric Ryan to state his name. Ryan said his name but was slapped. This question, answer and reaction were repeated. Krimson said it wasn’t enough to break a man physically, but he had to do it mentally like he did to Super Hentai. Krimson mentioned that he and Ryan are a breed apart from other people. Krimson provided many examples of how they’d be more violent. He ended the promo by saying people would be wearing crimson, like the mask.

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PWO – Season 4 – Episode 1

It's a new season for everyone.

I’m going to try and keep up with this season of Pro Wrestling Ohio better than I have in the past. Episode 2 aired this past Sunday, 31 October 2010. We’ll see what happens as the season goes along. Jeremy might also be joining me for reviews. Hell, PWO might even get more than an audio around Wrestlelution time. I have an interview scheduled with Marion Fontaine that will be coming as the season gets rolling. On to the review of the first episode.

Joe Dombrowski introduced the new season, Aaron Maguire and Mr. Brinks. With new and better graphics Dombrowski said the opening match would be Aeroform (Louis Linden & Flip Kendrick) against Sex Appeal (Bobby Beverly & Nicky Valentino) with new valet Frisky, who didn’t fit in because of her tattoos. Linden started off with the offense. Aeroform got the better of the four man action. Aeroform flipped and DDTed Sex Appeal on the outside. Valentino got a leg lariat on Linden. Kendrick came in off a minor hot tag. Beverly got a good two count. A super kick and northern lights suplex on Beverly got a count. Frisky accidentally tripped Beverly which allowed Linden to hit a moonsault on a standing Beverly for the three count.

Analysis: Pretty sloppy match. Aeroform missed some spots and there was no ebb or flow in the match. The hot tag was luke warm. Score: -1.

The graphics and replays were much better than in the past. Too bad the venue was piss poorly lit. It looks like a better venue than normal. Score: 0.

Marion Fontaine came into the ring before they broke for commercial. He said that Wrestlelution 3 was supposed to be his shining moment. Fontaine said that he had Duggan right where he wanted him. He then said the referee interfered in his match and continued the long running conspiracy theory to hold him down. Fontaine said he could sit down and entertain the crowd better than anyone in the back. He repeated his story about how he followed management for years but it got him nowhere. Fontaine only got respect when he did things his way. He then brought up crowd favorite Johnny Gargano. Fontaine said that Gargano follows the company line and looks good for PWO. He said Gargano is hurt physically and mentally. Fontaine finished by challenging him to a PWO Heavyweight Title match.

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PWO – Season 3 – Episode 30

Guess who's traveling to Cleveland Sunday for Wrestlelution 3: A Defining Moment?

This episode is the last episode of the season (This past week’s episode was just a big preview of the Wrestlelution 3: A Defining Moment matches) so we should be just putting the whipped cream and cherry on these feuds.

“The Megastar” Marion Fontaine came to the ring and grabbed the mic. He berated the crowd and said that Matt Justice blew all of his chances. He said he had to work hard to get management’s attention. Fontaine called out Justice. Aaron Maguire said that Fontaine will beat Duggan at Wrestlelution to cement himself as a “Megastar”. A slow start led to Fontaine getting tossed out of the ring. Justice forearmed Fontaine in the corner. Justice hit a reverse atomic drop. Fontaine thrust kicked Justice. A leg lariat got a two count for Fontaine. Joe Dombrowski had mentioned Justice’s months long absence. Justice gave Fontaine a DVD. Fontaine shook the ring rope which got Justice to fall. Fontaine gave Justice a Lionsault for the victory. Fontaine said that he’s going to run Duggan in circles. Dombrowski got up from his booth, berated Fontaine and said that people earn their way on their own. Dombrowski said that Fontaine only cares for himself. Dombrowski said Duggan will beat respect into him.

Analysis: Dombrowski and Maguire hyped Fontaine’s match for Wrestlelution well until Dombrowski got up from his desk and berated him. I thought Fontaine did his part with the in ring promo before the match and he won his match convincingly. It clouded the participants in the match at Wrestlelution. Dombrowski isn’t in the match, so he shouldn’t get up from the desk and make himself part of it practically on the go home show. Score: +1 (Grr, I’m not going to go to fractions. Good stuff mostly.)

“Omega” Aaron Draven told N8 Mattson screwed himself over with his stipulation. Draven called Benjamin Boone the “First Lady of Michigan” but then told a serious part about how he realizes what a tough opponent he will be. Draven said he wants to end the near two year winning streak of Boone and defend his TV Title belt. Boone came in and gave Draven a cobra clutch. He told Draven he was going to beat him and take home the TV Title. Boone then tossed him down.

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PWO – Season 3 – Episode 24

This picture was the best I could find when I typed "Going Crazy" into Google.

Since I had a long weekend, my dogs continually decided not to go out into the blazing heat and the fact that Wrestlelution 3: A Defining Moment is looming in the not too distant future (August 1st), I decided to clear the majority of my back log of Pro Wrestling Ohio episodes. I tackled one on Sunday (which I posted already) but went extreme on Monday and mowed through four of them. I ended up watching all but the most recent episode from 7/4/10. I will continue to post more often to catch everyone up before I head up to Cleveland for the second year in a row. I think I added more commentary in these reviews and keep in mind that by episode 27 I might have been going crazy.

They started with a replay of last episode’s main event of the Homeless Handicapped Connection, Hobo Joe & Gregory Iron, pinning Bobby Beverly & Bobby Shields of Sex Appeal. They then went to another off air shot of Joe asking Iron about his injured eye, which was bleeding heavily. Iron said he thinks his contact might be stuck because his eye lid is cut.

Analysis: I don’t think that injury was on purpose but it fits the story line so you may as well use it. I hope for Iron’s sake that it isn’t (wasn’t?) too bad. Score: +1.

Morgan Rockafeller took on Portia Perez who was yet again dressed up as Doctor Monstrous. She scolded Pedro De Lucca again. Perez tried to use her short staff for magical purposes but nothing came out of it. Rockafeller punched her in the stomach and went on the offensive. Morgan gave her a basement drop kick. Portia ran out of breath running the ropes. Rockafeller charged in but was drop toe hold into the middle turn buckle. Joe Dombrowski mentioned that “M-Dogg 20” Matt Cross saw who the mystery attacker was last week. He also cited the history of Portia Perez calling in a “friend” who him and Aaron Maguire are assuming is Doctor Monstrous. Portia fell over trying to use “super strength” to slam Rockafeller. Perez then got caught in her own cape and Morgan tried to take advantage but was knocked off the top rope. Perez got the victory.

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PWO – Season 3 Episode 23

The Romans of the Decadence by Thomas Couture. Yep, I'm being an art dork again. Will Dawn Decadence make it past this episode of Pro Wrestling Ohio?

They showed a replay of the end of last week’s show, the match between “Amazing” N8 Mattson & “M-Dogg 20” Matt Cross. They then showed footage from after they went off air. An old guy came and presented N8 Mattson with a trophy. Mattson gave the old guy a hard time about being from Ohio. Mattson said the sooner he gets out of Ohio, the better. Mattson jumped into Benjamin Boone’s arms.

Joe Dombrowski hyped the main event which was the Homeless & Handicapped Connection against Sex Appeal. Eric Ryan came to the ring with “The Rock Show” Earnie Ballz and Corey Winters. Isaac Montana was his opponent. Montana locked in an arm bar after an arm drag. Aaron Maguire suggested that Ryan & Winters not listen to Ballz because he’s not working well as a manager.  Ryan bailed out of the ring after a drop kick. Montana went to the top rope and splashed both Ryan & Winters. Dombrowski said that a twenty man gauntlet match would determine the number one contender after e match between Johnny Gargano and N8 Mattson happens.  Ryan caught Montana charging in with a back elbow. He then block bustered Montana. Winters attacked Montana while Ryan distracted the referee.  Ryan slammed Montana then missed on a second rope moonsault.  Montana spine bustered Ryan. Earnie Ballz told Ryan to go for a pile driver but he went for a verta-breaker. Ryan got the win. Ballz and Ryan started bitching at each other.

Analysis: The match was solid. The storyline with Ballz being a bad manager is weird especially since Ryan & Winters weren’t winners before they joined with Ballz. Someone has got to be on TV to lose. Score: +1.

The Sons of Michigan were in the back. Boone acted irritated but Mattson told him that at least one of them won the tournament. Mattson went on to say Boone tried hard and he respected him. Mattson said that he has another chance at a title shot in the gauntlet match. Mattson assured Boone that he’d give him a title shot after he beat Gargano. Mattson then called in Ben Fruth because he was disappointed in him. Matson said he doesn’t associate with losers. Fruth was still carrying around a flyer looking for Mike Tolar. Mattson said he was giving him another opponent, Jason Bane, because they needed the $50,000 reward. Mattson said he’s going to be a dual champion and he’s going to take the belts back to Michigan.

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PWO – Season 3 – Episode 22

Will "M-Dogg 20" Matt Cross or N8 Mattson win the chance to take on Johnny Gargano?

The opening contest was Brian Bender against Jason Bane. Aaron Maguire said that Bender has “$50,000 Why” he should take on Bane even though it hadn’t worked out well before. Bane tackled Bender who is normally the strong guy in his matches. Bane slammed Bender hard. He followed with some forearms and a clothesline. Bane hit a nice looking t-bone suplex.  Bender caught Bane charging into the corner with a knee. Bender locked in a front chancery. Bender went to the top rope and got hit in the gut as he leaped off of it. Bane “Bainlined him” for the victory. Corey James, a new comer, tried to collect the bounty but was power bombed for his punishment.

Analysis: Good segment that gives Bane a win over an opponent his size. Joe Dombrowski noted that he’s lost 100 lbs. in the last couple of years. I think moving down to 265 made him a better wrestler over that time. Score: +1.

They replayed the Benjamin Boone vs. “M-Dogg” Matt Cross match from the previous week.

Benjamin Boone was accompanied to the ring by Ben Fruth. Dombrowski listed the indignities that Fruth has had to endure under Tolar & now the Sons of Michigan. Isaac Montana was his opponent. He wore an Ohio State shirt to the ring to suck up to the fans. They did a skit trying to get the fans to cheer for OSU and against Michigan. Boone laid in some heavy forearms in the corner. Boone whipped him to the other corner and clotheslined him into the new corner.  Montana chased Fruth around ring side and was caught with a clothesline by Boone. Boone splashed Montana.  Montana fought back with some forearms and clotheslines of his own. Montana caught Boone with a pair of drop kicks. Montana missed the frog splash. Boone hit “The Bear Trap” DDT which is a bear hug into a DDT. As Boone celebrated, “Omega” Aaron Draven hit him with a chair in the back. Draven went to the top rope and hit a double stomp. Draven then motioned for a title belt referring to his former status as TV Champion which is held by the leader of the Sons of Michigan, N8 Mattson.

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PWO – Season 3 – Episode 19

We know where it happened in PWO, but we don't know who. By the way, how do I not have this DVD?


Joe Dombrowski hyped the six man tag team main event between Johnny Gargano, Gregory Iron & Hobo Joe against Sex Appeal. Gargano joined Dombrowski for commentary.
Benjamin Boone was accompanied by N8 Mattson to the ring for his match in the #1 Contendership Tournament for the PWO Heavyweight Title.  Michael “The Bomber” Facade was Boone’s opponent. Gargano complimented both potential opponents for his title.  Facade caught Boone with a drop kick off the top rope as he came into the ring. Boone mismanaged a moonsault but eventually muscled Facade up for a power slam. Gargano said that Boone wrestles like a bear by mauling and staying on top of you. Boone delay suplexed Facade but only got a two count of it. Boone threw facade outside the ring, distracted the ref and allowed Mattson to get in a couple of cheap shots before tossing Facade back into the ring. Boone applied the bear claw to Facade but he came back at the two and a half count. Facade used his speed to duck around Boone’s offense and to quickly strike.  Facade hit a good looking spring board spinning wheel kick.  Facade went up for a top rope moonsault but Mattson hit him with the TV Title. The referee counted Facade out.
Analysis: Perfect ending to the match since Facade will be taking on Mattson for the TV Title soon. Well wrestled match to that point. I was laughing at Facade having problems getting his gi off for a Jeff Hardy like girl scream moment. Gargano got a phone call about half way through the match and left Dombrowski flying solo. Dombrowski asked him what it was for but Gargano didn’t explain. Score: +1.
Doctor Monstrous said that she will be making her debut soon. She told all evil doers to be aware because she’s coming for them. Someone off screen called for Portia to come to her photo shoot. Doctor Monstrous shook her head and said she’s not Portia.

PWO – Season 3 – Episode 14

There's a mosh pit at the end of the show. Find out why after the jump!


Joe Dombrowski & Aaron Maguire, with Mr. Brinks, hyped the PWO Heavyweight Title defense by Johnny Gargano against “The Megastar” Marion Fontaine in the main event. Nicky Valentino came to the ring with Dawn Decadence to take on Matthew Justice. Valentino started off by doing a pose down with Justice then went for the Greco-Roman knuckle lock even though he was quite a bit shorter and smaller than Justice.  Maguire noted Valentino’s strength despite his size.  Justice hit an atomic drop then a Rough Rider leg lariat. Justice suicide dove through the ropes.  Decadence held Justice’s leg when he got into the ring which gave Valentino time to drop kick him.  Valentino slapped on a reverse chin lock. Valentino clotheslined Justice while he was seated on the mat. Justice got his feet up when Valentino went for a top rope move. Justice got a two count after a power slam.  Valentino hit a reverse DDT. Justice hit a spring board clothesline but then Bobby Shields & Bobby Beverly interfered. Michael “The Bomber” Facade made the save with a chair in hand.
Analysis: It’s not just a PWO problem but when someone gets the boots up for a move that doesn’t look like it can be executed on a  prone opponent, it always annoys me. That’s why I said “top rope move” because one should be missing a frog splash or some similar move that’d make sense in that context. That being said, it was a good match that give Facade & Justice an almost official title of a tag team. They have similar styles and helps the depth in the PWO for the division. I liked the timing of the interference too because it does leave pen the idea that Valentino may have been able to kick out so he’s protected a bit more. Score: +1.
“Omega” Aaron Draven said his TV Title is his whole life. He went on to say he underestimated N8 Mattson. Draven went on to compare himself to Rocky who underestimated Clubber Lang. He said he’ll train as hard as he can to get that title back just like Rocky did. Draven said even if he needs to go through Benjamin Boone, he’ll do it to get back “his” PWO TV Title.
Analysis: He showed good fire but seemed to lose track of his thoughts a little bit so it was choppy.  He also looked down too much. It was better than his last promo though so he’s headed in the right direction. Score: 0.
Bobby Beverly said he didn’t see who laid him out in the back last week. He knows that it was Gregory Iron because he was jealous of him for having two good hands and is the sexiest man in PWO. Beverly vowed to take him out because of the sneak attack.
Analysis: I’d be surprised if it was Iron who took him out. Good promo blaming the logical person since they have been feuding recently and in the past. Score: +1.
Chest Flexor made his debut. Dombrowski asked Maguire if it was possible. Maguire said yes because he likes to attack people from behind. Dombrowski said there was no way he would have done it and that his sources said that Gregory Iron will have a rebuttal later in the show. Maguire told him that his sources at Stunt said he was full of mularkey. Krimson came to the ring with the black & white filter on. Flexor looked scared of Krimson. Krimson hit a clothesline that sent Flexor out of the ring. Krimson threw Flexor into the ring barrier, then threw him head first into the seat of a chair. Krimson kneed Flexor in the back then bounced off the ropes for a clothesline to the back of the head.  The announcers mentioned how much of an annihilation this match was. Krimson hit a Roll of the Dice. At the two count, Krimson left ringside which allowed Flexor to win the match.
Analysis: It was good to bring in fresh meat to feed Krimson but he still seems to have no direction. His in ring skills look quite good so I wish he was utilized better. Score: +1.
Gregory Iron said that he didn’t attack Beverly last week. Iron said he’d only attack him face to face. Iron said he will knock him out, but it’s going to be face to face. Analysis: Good direct baby face rebuttal. Score: +1.
“The Megastar” Marion Fontaine came to the ring. The announcers mentioned his step up to the main event after losing “The Freaks”. Johnny Gargano came to ring side and milled around the crowd. Dombrowski noted the number of challengers Gargano has waiting for him. (The main event started with 21 minutes left on my DVR.) Fontaine ducked out of the ring before an initial tie up. Fontaine shoved Gargano who was corned. Gargano responded by shoving Fontain across to the other corner. The announcers noted Beverly coming out to ring side. Iron came to ring side a little bit later.  Gargano dropped Fontaine from a Samoan Drop position then gave him a low diamond cutter.  Gargano pointed to all four corners and rammed Fonatine’s head off of the turn buckles. Gargano spring board splashed Fontaine.  “M-Dogg 20” Matt Cross & Jason Bane came to ring side. Fontaine turned things around with an arm bar take down. The Son of Michigan came to ring side also. Fontaine continued to work on Gargano’s left arm (Gargano is lefthanded which makes this line attack a bit more interesting than normal). Gargano tried to turn things around but rammed his shoulder into the ring post when Fontaine moved out of the corner. Fontaine trash talked some fans.  Gargano got back dropped onto the floor. Fontaine slammed Gargano’s arm onto the ring apron. Gargano sling shot speared Fontaine but couldn’t capitalize because it was his injured shoulder he hit Fontaine with. Gargano winced every time he used his left arm. Gargano hit a standing diamond cutter for a two count. Fontaine took down Gargano with an arm bar again. Gargano followed Fontaine to the opposite corner and caught him with a double knee lfit.  Gargano then threw Fontane into the middle turnbuckle like a javelin. Fontaine DVDed Gargano but only got a two count. Fontaine went straight back into the arm bar. They exchanged kicks. Gargano took down Fontaine with another clothesline but couldn’t capitalize because of the use of the left arm again. Fontaine almost got away with holding the ropes but the referee caught him. Fontaine missed a lionsault. Gargano super kicked him then hit “Uniquely You” for the victory.
All of the people at ringside came into the ring and attacked each other. Gargano got to the outside of the ring but looked concerned at the number of challengers he has.
Analysis: Can’t say enough good things about this match. It was well executed on both men’s part. The production people front loaded all of the commercials so that the match went 21 minutes without a break. The mosh at the end was a good way to hype the tournament in the upcoming weeks featuring 6 of the 8 wrestlers who will be in it. Score: +2.
Total Score: 6/7. Final Analysis: Best show of the season. I gave the Krimson segment a +1 because they have a direction for him that I’m hoping they will reveal later. If they don’t, they’re wasting an awful lot of time with him for his vignettes and in ring time. I gave “Omega” Aaron Draven’s segment a 0 because I thought the fire he showed was an improvement from his previous promos even if he still had some deficiences.  The downsides weren’t enough to warrant a -1 in my book.

PWO – Season 3 – Episode 13

Somebody is feeling double crossed in Pro Wrestling Ohio.

Bobby Shields came to the ring with Dawn Decadence to take on Michael “The Bomber” Facade. Aaron Maguire said that there were rumors started on Stunt that Sex Appeal could be adding more members. Facade got jumped by Nicky Valentino before the match.  Facade got in some offense but Shields was in control most of the time. Shields distracted the referee while the other members of Sex Appeal attacked Facade on the outside.  Shields posed and pranced before dropping a fist to Facade’s forehead.  Shields hit a nice looking stomach buster then slapped on a body scissors. Dombrowski noted Shields work to limit Facade’s breathing.  Facade mounted a comeback capped by a heel kick.  Facade was dropped on the ringside barrier by Bobby Beverly & Valentino.  Facade hit an Arabian moonsault but only got a two count because Beverly put Shields’ foot on the rope. Facade took out Beverly & Valentino with a suicide dive over the top rope. Facade executed a spring board spin kick to the back of Shields head to get the three count. Sex Appeal started assaulting when Matthew Justice came out to run them off.

Analysis: Good match up which gets Facade & Justice into the tag team title hunt along with Hobo Joe & Gregory Iron. Nice to see Facade, who has worked his ass off, finally get a win in PWO. It rocks to have a source on an announce team. Score: +1.
Johnny Gargano talked about the “Megastar” Marion Fontaine. He said Fontaine thinks he’s going to stick it to management by beating Johnny Gargano.  Gargano said he’s used to being a target. He won’t crack or break. After Gargano defeats Fontaine, it’ll be Iron’s time. “M-Dogg 20” Matt Cross came into the shot as Gargano left. He looked frustrated as the segment closed out.
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